Aerospace and defence giant turns sights on coronavirus

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 27 April 2020 17:05

Aerospace and defence giant turns sights on coronavirus

It can count the Ministry of Defence among its regular customers, but a Gloucestershire firm has been turning its hand to producing defence equipment of a very different kind. 

Staverton-based Pennant, no stranger to training the next generation of engineers or producing parts for aircraft operational in some of the most challenging environments, now has a new product and customer. 

The aerospace and defence company has revealed it too has been turning its skills to producing some of the sought-after personal protective equipment so in demand by those working on what has become known as the coronavirus front line. 

“Recognising the current shortfalls in the supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) within the NHS and particularly in Cheltenham, our Engineering team have collaborated with the School of Pharmacy from Queens University in Belfast (Dr Juan Dominguez-Robles, Dr Eneko Larraneta Landa and Dr DimitriosLamprou) to establish 3D printing of essential face screen visors,” said a statement from the company. 

St Pauls medical centre in Cheltenham have established a local GP lead Covid 19 Clinic aimed at treating the local community. 

“Pennant have produced our first batch of screen masks and we are proud to donate these to the clinic in order to help protect our NHS Frontline staff as they fight against the virus. 

“We will continue to produce the masks and donate where needed.”